If you and your partner have been trying for a baby and you finally made it, we offer our biggest congrats; it is a milestone in every woman’s life when she discovers she is soon to be a mother. It is perfectly natural to feel a little apprehensive and with that in mind, here are a few tips to help you cope with the next nine months.
- Make good use of the web – Google is your best buddy at this time and has the answers to all your questions and more. Whether you want to know what to eat in the third trimester or whether to have a natural birth or a C section, there is lots of information online. There are apps for mums and mums-to-be and they enable you to connect with others and share your experiences. If you would like to learn more about mum apps, search online, download the app and explore the many digital pathways and connect with other mew mums.
- Involve your partner – Some guys feel a bit left out during the pregnancy and getting him involved brings with it many benefits; he can accompany you to classes and offer morale support, plus he’ll understand why you suddenly burst out crying or want to eat boiled eggs at 3am. He is probably as curious as you about parenthood and you can learn together, which helps to create that family bond. On the topic of family, here is an interesting article on how to protect your family’s health & well-being.
- Connect with a midwife – Your GP should refer you to a local midwife and the sooner you introduce yourself, the better. She provides you with essential support and can advise you on diet and exercise during the pregnancy, while preparing you for the birth. Your midwife would be happy to have a daily video call to check on your well-being.
- Don’t become a recluse – Some women think they have to wrap themselves in cotton wool for the next 9 months and avoid contact with others, which is, of course, a mistake. If you are too tired to visit friends, keep in touch via Facebook chat or make regular Zoom calls to family and friends. It never pays to brood when on your own and it is so easy to reach out and chat with a close friend on the Internet.
- Know the gender – If you decide to have the test, then you can plan for a boy or girl, plus the sex of your child is one less thing to worry about. Friends and family are able to buy the right gifts and you can actually start discussing names when you know the gender of your baby.
It is important to understand how hormone imbalance affects you when with a child, so be prepared for an emotional roller-coaster ride for the next 6 months. Some women suffer with morning sickness, while others have no issues; it really does seem to be a lottery regarding these things and before you know it, you will be holding your baby in your arms and looking forward to motherhood.